My first article on this topic was at the election evening on 16th of April, where the results were not certain, but still almost sure that a ‘Yes’ was coming out, with a tragically small margin.

You can find the article in the link below:

Turkish Referendum: A Tight Loss or An Epic Scandal of Transparency?

I also mentioned in the previous article that the Supreme Election Council, who is in charge to make sure that a transparent and a democratic election process undergoes, has been quite controversial, especially in this referendum, with their most extreme action in accepting 2.500.000 million ballot envelopes without official stamp. This practically makes it impossible to distinguish fake votes with real ones.

If there was only 1 vote that changed the result of this election, I would have been fine with it as long as we were sure that the process was legitimate. However, under the shadow of all the BS that the Supreme Election Council pulled, it is impossible to respect that decision anymore.

Most probably the government will not listen to any objections and will carry on their mandate, implementing the ‘Yes’ reforms (history has shown that they do not really set transparency and democratic processes as a priority). Most probably they will continue giving controversial statements, take controversial decisions and pass controversial laws that will negatively affect both the inner and the outer policy.

However, the 49% ‘No’ percentage despite all the controversy that turned around these elections, despite the government using all of states resources for a ‘yes’ campaign, despite all the threats and brainwashing, gives me hope.

It shows me that regardless what happens, regardless how far they will go, there will always be a number of people that will say ‘Stop’. And this referendum has shown that this number is not as few as they would think it is.

Yes, we have been through rough times and most probably will be through even rougher. However, with solidarity within ourselves as young Turkish citizens and solidarity within ourselves as young Europeans, we will bring back what we have always strived for: a democratic and progressive community.

Here your role as young Europeans is crucial. Research, understand and raise awareness. Show that we are not alone, show that undemocratic processes will not be tolerated and most importantly, show that we will always, no matter what, strive and work for a brighter future.

Greetings from the lonely, but beautiful Turkey (as Nuri Bilge Ceylan puts it).